New Kawasaki Z1000 R revealed

New Z1000 R edition gets Öhlins suspension, high-spec Brembo brakes, new graphics and more

New Kawasaki Z1000 R revealed

KAWASAKI revealed the new ‘R’ edition of the Z1000, with higher-spec brakes and suspension and new colours.

The Z1000 R benefits from high-spec Brembo M50 calipers biting 310mm floating front discs and fed by stainless steel braded hoses.

It’s got an Öhlins S46DR1S rear shock with a remote pre-load adjuster and revised fork settings which Kawasaki says make for ‘more refined and responsive’ handling.

The 1043cc in-line-four has been made compliant with latest Euro4 emission limits and gets revised ECU settings for a ‘smoother power delivery’.

It’s got an adjustable shift-up light which illuminates the rev counter and it comes in a new colour scheme of ‘Metallic Graphite Grey’ in addition to the ‘Metallic Spark Black’ scheme available on the base model.

It also gets new graphics with ‘yellow-green accents’ and a ‘Z’ logo-embossed seat.

It’s set to go on sale from January alongside the base model Z1000, which also comes in ‘Golden Blazed Green as well as Candy Burnt Orange and Flat Ebony’.

The Z1000 R was revealed in these pictures, with price set to be announced at the Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s NEC starting on October 18.